This is how I would introduce a newcomer to foreign classics, from most accessible to least accessible. I'm still a…
1 Ruthless Crime Lord, 20 Elite Cops, 30 Floors of Hell
Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the run-down apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness and silence, an elite swat team is tasked with raiding the safe house in order to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it. But when a chance encounter with a spotter blows their cover and news of their assault reaches the drug lord, the building's lights are cut and all the exits blocked. Stranded on the sixth floor with no way out, the unit must fight their way through the city's worst to survive their mission. Starring Indonesian martial arts sensation Iko Uwais.
An elite squad of cops raid a ruthless-as-fuck drug lord's dungeon of death. A hyper-intense workout. Kissing your wife goodbye and hoping like fuck you will see her again. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Headshot. Catching a lucky break for a split-second. Hammer to the fuckin head. A bad lieutenant. A noble-as-fuck sergeant. A badass rookie with a secret agenda. Your last TV show. Shit-stained pants. The alarm of doom. The one honest guy in a building full of crazed fuckers. Hallway insanity. Mad fuckin Dog, the biggest fuckin Academy Award snub ever. Throwing a fucker out the window. A crazy-eyed fuck with a machete. Total darkness, then bullets every fuckin where. Guns take away the rush. Mad Dog vs.Sarge is like…
If Crocodile Dundee wielded action movies instead of knives, this is the movie he would hold up whenever some punk claimed to be wielding an action movie.
"That's not an action movie. THIS...is an action movie."
My face hurts from smiling for the last 100 minutes.
Its stupefying, pulpy excess is best summed up by the fact that the credits include the role "Drug Lab Guard #21."
One of the most incredible, exhilarating & heart-pounding action films to come out in a long time, The Raid (also known as The Raid: Redemption) is possibly the purest form of action extravaganza that has graced the film canvas in years which, apart from bringing a smile on every action film lover with its maddening depiction of blood, violence & insane fight sequences, also marks a significant breakthrough for the so-far-invisible Indonesian film industry to come into the attention of world cinema audience.
Although by no means it is a perfect film, but when it comes to pure adrenaline rush, thrilling factor & entertainment value, action films don't get anymore exciting, inventive or satisfying than this high-octane, full-throttled & top-gear action spectacle. The plot…
After months of reading glowing reviews, and two failed attempts to see it at the cinema, I finally got to watch it on the big screen and boy was it worth the wait. I was worried I had unrealistic expectations but the film more than met them. The movie is part Game of Death and part final level of computer game Streets of Rage 2 but with added guns, machetes and broken limbs.
Merantau Warrior proved that both director Gareth Evans and martial arts star, Iko Uwais, had great potential and we only had to wait one more film for that potential to be realised. The Raid is a proper balls-to-the-wall action film jam packed with bone crunching and innovative…
The Raid Redemption is one of the craziest films I've ever seen.
If your a fan of action you'll love this movie so much, like me.
Full review on Instagram soon
HOLY SHIT. This... this was genuinely astonishing. I think the last time I was this blown away by an action movie was with goddamn Fury Road. Sure, the story isn't quite as fully formed as Fury Road's, but then again, the story's basically negligible. This is all about the action, and dear Christ is the action goddamn brilliant. Every fight scene puts almost every Hollywood blockbuster to shame - everything has real stakes, is clear for the audience to understand, and doesn't rely on a protagonist that's absurdly invincible. Add in an Evil Dead II-esque cinematographic style that hinges heavily on gorgeous visual storytelling and the godly presence that is Iko Uwais, and you have a film that has me struggling to find the right words to describe just how fucking amazing it is. Just... wow.
(Also, consider my rating a compromise of sorts between a 4-star rating for quality and a 5-star rating for sheer enjoyment.)
La parte del cuchillo y el muro!
One of the best (I'll reserve my judgment till I see this hyped-up "Looper") action films I've seen so far. You've got mixed martial arts, surgically-cut editing, exacting camerawork, and a soundtrack by Mike Shinoda, no less.
The original Hallway Fight Scene™
There's something deeply satisfying in seeing a simple premise executed brilliantly (and brutally in this case).
Tense and violent. Perfect for a Sunday night when you are tired but not so tired that you will settle for shite.
One of the best and purest action/martial arts films I've ever seen.
That's how you do it!
Mad Dog is my spirit animal.
Narc lab fight with Mad Dog is still the absolute standout. Even exempting that, The Raid delivers so promisingly on martial arts mayhem. The simplest plot: a SWAT team enters a 15-story housing project as so much face-breaking, kneecap-shattering, elbow-crunching viciousness is extended from beginning to end. Sure, I prefer the sequel which somehow has more kinetic choreography (and an ambitiously weaving plot) but I'll always vouch that its predecessor has a strong deliverance of speed, impact and sensation. Breathless and cinematic in equal measure.
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